Division of Fine Arts and Humanities
Administration Building 212 - (504) 520-7581 - http://www.xula.edu/history/index.html
The skills of a history major are highly valued in all professions. Students completing the history curriculum acquire the ability to analyze complex issues, events, and ideas by mastering analytical thinking, writing, and communication skills. Dedicated to the humanistic study of the past to understand the present better and navigate the future successfully, graduating history majors are well prepared to pursue careers in law, medicine, journalism, business, international relations, government, public history, politics, publishing, research and teaching. An undergraduate degree in history is also excellent preparation for masters or Ph.D. programs in history, area studies, gender studies, or any humanities or social science discipline.
Major in History - Students who major in history must earn 33 hours in history. Of these 33 hours, the following are required: HIST 2010 , HIST 2020 , HIST 2415 , and HIST 4415S . Of the remaining hours, 15 must be at the 3000-4000 level. In addition, all majors are required to complete HIST 4999 , nine hours of world languages (at least six hours of which must be in a single language), and attend departmental meetings. No grade lower than a “C” in any of the departmental offerings may be applied for credit in the major.
Minor in History - Students who select a minor in history must earn 18 hours in HIST offerings. Required courses are HIST 2010 and HIST 2020 . The additional 12 semester hours must include at least 3 semester hours at the 3000-4000 level.
Major in Social Studies Education - Students who major in Social Studies Education must earn 27 hours in history. The following 15 hours are required: HIST 1030 or HIST 1031H , HIST 1040 or HIST 1041H , HIST 2010 , HIST 2020 , and HIST 2415 . Of the remaining 12 hours, 3 must be at the 2000-level or above, and 9 must be at the 3000-4000 level. No grade lower than a “C” in any of the departmental offerings may be applied for credit in the major. Social Studies Education majors are required to achieve an acceptable score (determined by the Louisiana Department of Education) on all parts of the Praxis, including Praxis II: Specialty Area Test, in order to graduate.
Honors in History - Students selected by the placement process of the Admissions Office will be awarded honors in history if they earn at least a “B” each in a 1000-level course with a designation of “H”, any 2000-level course, and any 3000- or 4000-level course. Students may also take two 2000-level courses and one 3000-/4000-level course to fulfill the honors requirement, again provided they earn at least a “B” in each class. Other students may be considered for Honors in History with the approval of the department head.
ProgramsBachelor of ArtsNon-degree